EIA cuts 2012 world oil demand forecast by 140,000 bopd
NEW YORK--World oil demand will be 140,000 bopd less this year than was expected last month, due to a slowdown in global economic growth, the Energy Information Administration said.
At 88.64 million bopd, demand will rise 670,000 bopd, or 0.8%.
"The debt crisis in Europe and possible weak economic growth in China will reduce world oil demand growth in the second half of this year by 150,000 bopd to 850,000 bopd," said EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski in a statement.
In 2013, global demand will rise 0.8%, or 730,000 bopd, to 89.37 million bopd. That's 0.6%, or 500,000 bopd less than the 1.23 million bopd growth in EIA's June forecast.
"Most of the growth in oil demand next year will occur in China, the Middle East, and Brazil," he said.
The EIA cut its outlook for 2012 global economic growth by 0.1 percentage point and reduced the 2013 forecast by 0.6 point. Growth of 2.9% is now expected for both years.
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